Tuesday, February 4, 2014

French Peat Pot Favors + a Party!

Yesterday, I shared a pop-up card that I made when my friends came over for a party. Today, I'm sharing some fun pics from the party, plus a quick little tute on how I made these cute peat pot favors. I filled mine with eggs from my chickens, but you could fill them with candy, an herb plant (I almost did that), or any other small items. The best thing is they take about 5 minutes to make - I love those quick and easy projects!

Since January is a bit gloomy, I decided to use lots of bright and cheery things to make it feel more like spring. I collect vintage tablecloths, and this one was just perfect for the look I wanted.

This cake. OMG. I can't tell you how proud I am of it! Now that my kids are grown and gone, I don't make many birthday cakes. I really wanted to do something special, so I looked on Pinterest to see what I could find. What I found is that rosette cakes are hot hot hot. I'd never attempted it, but I found lots of different tutorials that made it very easy! My favorite part, though, is that little vintage chalkware bird candle holder. I found a set of these, unused, at an antique store and have been dying for a reason to get them out. So cute!

I love these girls! They are three of the most creative, fun, and generous people I know.

Yum! I'd never made cheese souffles before, but I found this recipe in the latest Martha Stewart Living and thought I'd give it a try. SO easy! Honestly, I was so surprised at how little effort it took. I'm currently obsessed with arugula, so I did a salad of that with strawberries and toasted walnuts with a balsamic vinaigrette dressing. I found the cute ramekins at Target last year.

Be still my heart. Inside that fabulous crusting cream cheese icing was a delicious red velvet cake. Just looking at this makes me hungry. Good thing I don't make cakes very often!

Ok, are you ready for the fastest tutorial in the world? Here you go!
  • Begin by painting a peat pot (I got mine from Amazon) with white paint, inside and out. Make sure you leave it looking a bit patchy to give it a whitewashed, vintage feel. Set aside to dry. 
  • Next, stamp the Marche aux Fleurs stamp from Artistic Outpost onto white tissue paper, using black StazOn ink. Tear away the excess paper, getting as close to the image as possible.
  • Apply Matte Multi Medium to the back of the stamped image and carefully place it onto the pot, making sure it's smooth with no wrinkles. Very gently smooth over the image, pressing out any excess glue. You can dip your finger in a bit more of the Medium to make it easier. 
  • The more you press and smooth, the more texture the stamped image will take from the pot. If done correctly, the tissue will 'disappear' and you won't see any of the torn edges.
  • When completely dry, tie with a length of idea-ology Jute String.

I just have to share one last shot of my table. Hope you enjoyed the mini-tute and are inspired to make a few pots and throw a party!

Most of the supplies I used can be found at Inspiration Emporium via the links below. Remember, you can use my coupon code - stamptramp - to save 10% on your order!


  1. Looks like spring. The cake is gorgeous, yum! Thanks for the peat pot tutorial, I have been wanting to do them. Looks like a fun party.

  2. Pretty table! Looks like a fun party. Oh, red velvet, my favorite. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Oh my gosh that cakes look so delicious and beautifully made. Thanks for the peat pot idea, a clever way to vintage up the table a bit more xx

  4. What a lovely party! Thanks for the tutorial and your cake is beautiful!

  5. Oh my, I've just had breakfast & you're making me hungry all over again. The cake - !!!!!!! It looks delicious & so pretty. Everything looks wonderful, I love the little pots, great idea to put the eggs in them. I'm sure you all had a fantastic time.

  6. It all looks so lovely - that cake is a triumph, and the arugula salad looks delicious. Lovely little pots, and the whole table looks like a breath of spring.
    Alison x

  7. Gorgeous Shelly. That cake looks stunning!…..actually the whole set up looks just perfect.

  8. Stunning pots and stunning cake. A feast for the eyes. Tracy x

  9. Oh Get Out! Not only are you so talented in the craft-room but you OWN the kitched as well! Love the peat pot (and thank-you for deets) but I'm blown away by that cake - it's AMAZING! Well done on the yummy soufflé too! Great post. Nicola x

  10. okay, the cake ... oh it looks like perfection! and the peat pots ... I am totally going to try these, thanks for the inspiration!

  11. You are killing me with that FROSTING!!! I'm going to have to make some and just eat it by the bowl. Beautiful. It's all beautiful!

    ~Robin Redd

  12. This is a great idea for a party favor! and that cake looks sooooo good!

  13. Your party is so pretty and so inspiring! Love that cake and the candle holder!

  14. Amazing! Would you mind sharing your recipe for the red velvet cake? I've never made one from scratch but would like to try a proven recipe. Thanks!

  15. I don't know which is yummier, the peat pot or the cake - both are fantastic! That peat pot is so cool and what a quick and easy idea! How cute would a little herb garden be in these pots? Love your vintage table cloth - I have acquired a number of them too. Thanks for sharing, Shelly!


  16. Oh how glorious! The whole event, the decorating and the cake!!! Amazing table setting you do very well with this. Love the cake, so gorgeous and nummy!
    Hugs Kelly


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